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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:38 pm 
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Aruba In The Grip of Bad Weather

October 14th 2008, Aruba.

ORANJESTAD-Heavy rain and strong wind gusts have affected the ABC islands after midnight today.
Queen Beatrix International airport has registered 3 inches of rain in the last 16 hours, and it
continues to pour rain in Aruba at 4:00pm this afternoon. The islands have already experienced bad
weather for much of last week, making October 2008 one of the wettest months in recorded
history, and it is not even the peak of the rainy season which is in November.

The bad weather is associated with Tropical Depression 15 located in the central Caribbean Sea,
and has remained stationary for much of today until this afternoon. The Tropical Depression is now
upgraded to a strong Tropical Storm named Omar, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, and
gusts of up to 85 miles per hour (hurricane force). Tropical Storm Omar is nearly a category one
Hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center in Maimi. The center of Tropical Storm Omar is
located 200 miles due north of the island of Curacao, and is now moving east northeast at 6 miles
per hour. A Tropical Storm is classified as a category one Hurricane when sustained winds reach 75
miles per hour.

Numerous kwihi and divi trees are downed on the island of Aruba, and a few homes have lost their
roof. The fire department and the Aruba Red Cross have had their hands full with emergency calls, mainly of houses that have been flooded. Many streets were flooded and or are blocked by downed
trees. The sea is very rough battering the island shore. Numerous fishermen boats at Hadicurari
Fishermen Center were destroyed as a consequence of the surf. Some beach erosion is visible at
the island's beaches.

Schools on the island are closed, and many businesses were closed for much of the day. The ABC
islands are not under a Tropical Strom Warning as the storm is moving east northeast away of the
islands. The weather is not expected to clear up until the end of this week according to the weather center.The surf is expected to remain rough in the next 24 hours.


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